The strategy/RPG has always been a niche genre, which is ironic since it's a hybrid of two popular genres in Japan. Great series like "Fire Emblem," "Final Fantasy Tactics," and "Shining Force" have no doubt put it on gamers' radar, but the genre is like a diamond in the rough with only a few releases every year. Therefore, I decided to compile a list of old and new games that are easily available that stand as the best the genre has to offer. After all, don't we all love to really contemplate each turn to maximize its full potential?
Taylor Swift is hardly a one-note artist. She may have entered the music scene as a heartbroken country princess, but when she dropped "1989" earlier this week, Swift debuted her darker side. The 24-year-old jumps from pop-infused tracks like "Shake It Off" to deeper, emotional ballads like "This Love." We assembled a panel and set them loose on this album. They decided which Taylor each song represented: her light or dark side.
These days, you can't make it through a commercial break without seeing an ad for (or against) one of the two candidates running for governor of Illinois. But where do these guys really stand? We took a closer look at their platforms and broke down the issues that could impact teens.
What is it about shooting things that kids like so much? Does it even matter? We think not. If you and/or the kids are looking for some high-energy activities that build hand-eye coordination, cooperation, and teamwork, you'll want to check these out.
Halloween isn't traditionally thought of as a romantic holiday. Sure, some people use it as an excuse to wear skimpy outfits, but many others opt for costumes that are humorous, puzzling or utterly terrifying - sometimes a mix of all three. Most of these ensembles don't exactly scream "date me," but still, love can find a way.
It's time once again for me to clarify my position on spanking. I arrived at this reluctant conclusion because twice in the last week, I've been informed that I believe in it, which is not exactly true.
Q. Last year I bought a cell phone for my son so we could stay in touch. He got into a little trouble - bad grades, or something, and his mother took away his phone without consulting me. First, I pay for this phone, so I do not believe she has the right to take it away. Second, I can't talk to him! His mother says he will not be able to use the phone for another month! I live five hours away and only see him once a month! This can't be good ex-etiquette!
Dear Mr. Dad: My daughter's backpack is insanely heavy. I've mentioned this to her teachers and they say that textbooks aren't used much at school and that students shouldn't have to bring them in every day. But because my daughter spends half her time with me, and the other half with her mother, she's worried that she'll leave a book at the wrong house and won't be able to do her homework. I get that, but I'm really worried that she'll hurt herself. She doesn't want a wheely backpack (says it's not cool). How should we handle this?
Seasoned trick-or-treaters in Coppell, Tex., already have Jeff Logan's house on their route. To lure the uninitiated, Logan flashes a strobe light down the street and uses a boombox to emit groans and screams.